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Letting Black Voices Be Heard

Our list of anti-racist and black empowering books by black authors.

Playlist Tags: Book Beat genre: Nonfiction topic: antiracism topic: feminism topic: black authors topic: black lives matter topic: activism

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The Fire This Time

A New Generation Speaks about Race

By Jesmyn Ward
Narrated by: Cherise Boothe, Michael Early, Kevin R. Free, Korey Jackson & Susan Spain
Length: 5 hours 36 minutes

National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward takes James Baldwin's 1963 examination of race in America, The Fire Next Time, as a jumping off point for this groundbreaking collection of essays and poems about race from the most important voices of her generation and our time. In light of recent tragedies and widespread protests across the nation, The... Read more »

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The Blood of Emmett Till

By Timothy B. Tyson
Narrated by: Rhett Samuel Price
Length: 8 hours 35 minutes

Mississippi, 1955: fourteen-year-old Emmett Till was murdered by a white mob after making flirtatious remarks to a white woman, Carolyn Bryant. Till's attackers were never convicted, but his lynching became one of the most notorious hate crimes in American history. It launched protests across the country, helped the NAACP gain thousands of...

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We Were Eight Years in Power

An American Tragedy

By Ta-Nehisi Coates
Narrated by: Beresford Bennett
Length: 13 hours 37 minutes

In this “urgently relevant”* collection featuring the landmark essay “The Case for Reparations,” the National Book Award–winning author of Between the World and Me “reflects on race, Barack Obama’s presidency and its jarring aftermath”*—including the election of Donald Trump.

New York Times Bestseller • Finalist for the PEN/Jean Stein Book...
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We Want Our Bodies Back


By jessica Care moore
Narrated by: jessica Care moore
Length: 2 hours 1 minutes

We Want Our Bodies Back

“Lyrical poems that will spark a lot of emotion, and maybe even a call to action. This little book is incredibly powerful! Makes for a great listen on as well. ”

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Black Is the Body

Stories from My Grandmother's Time, My Mother's Time, and Mine

By Emily Bernard
Narrated by: Emily Bernard
Length: 5 hours 55 minutes

“Blackness is an art, not a science. It is a paradox: intangible and visceral; a situation and a story. It is the thread that connects these essays, but its significance as an experience emerges randomly, unpredictably. . . . Race is the story of my life, and therefore black is the body of this book.” 

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